AAA Editor Notes
Longwood Gardens is 3 mi. n.e. at jct. US 1 and SR 52. Once the country estate of industrialist Pierre S. du Pont, Longwood is famous for its superb grounds that include elaborate fountains, two lakes, meadows, woodlands, 20 outdoor formal and informal gardens and a conservatory. The Peirce-du Pont House, occupied by du Pont until 1954, contains an exhibit tracing the 300-year historical and horticultural evolution of Longwood Gardens through photographs, artifacts, video and family home movies.
Fountains, a water lily display and more than 11,000 types of plants are the main summer outdoor attractions. Masses of flowering plants adorn the 4-acre heated conservatory, which is particularly colorful November through April. Special events are offered throughout the year.
Picnicking is permitted. Food is available. Time: Allow 2 hours minimum.